Bring Barb Rosenstock to Your School!

Barb Rosenstock - Skype visit

When students meet an author, there’s authentic excitement about books, writing and research. Questions bounce around the room, books get read, kids WANT to write!

I offer in-person school visits for grades K through 5 or short virtual Q & A sessions. The presentations below are an example of the kinds of learning about the process of writing that can be tailored to your students’ educational needs.

All sessions are 45 minutes unless indicated. Presentations or writing workshops can be scheduled as single sessions or combined as part of a full day at a school/district.


NEW!  The Great Lakes and YOU!
In her new book The Great Lakes: Our Freshwater Treasure, illustrated by Jamey Christoph, Barb found a writing topic right outside her window. She will talk to students about using their own stories, and how to personalize facts and details to make true topics interesting. Students bring reusable water bottles and learn why the Great Lakes is the most valuable resource in North America. A Great Lakes science educator may be available as an interactive co-presenter in many areas. Learn why you ARE the Great Lakes! Best for 3rd grade and up.

The Mystery of the Monarchs
Using The Mystery of the Monarchs, illustrated by Erika Meza, Barb will engage students in the process of researching a nonfiction science topic, including participation in a life cycle demonstration and video of the author’s trip to the monarch overwintering sites in Mexico. Learn how kids and teachers in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico first tracked the monarch migration. Best for 3rd grade and under.

Nonfiction Adventures Under the Ocean!
Students dive deep into what it takes to research and write nonfiction. Using Otis & Will Discover the Deep, illustrated by Katherine Roy.  We’ll learn about mining memories for writing, do an experiment with ocean science, act out the first exploration of the deep ocean, and share stories of finding the courage to explore in writing and in life. Best for 3rd grade and up.

Noisy Writing: Using Senses to Bring Your Story Alive!
The Caldecott Honor book The Noisy Paint Box, illustrated by Mary Grandpré, is a story about a boy who can hear colors and see music, an ability called synesthesia. Students will explore the research behind the book, see if they have synesthesia and how using their senses can make their writing better with rich details. Best for 3rd grade and younger.

We’re Going on a Camping Trip…
…and taking President Theodore Roosevelt and environmentalist John Muir along. Using The Camping Trip that Changed America, illustrated by Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein, students learn about the primary research behind the book, and the impact of these two opposite historical figures  who became friends and changed the country’s ideas about protecting the environment. Best for 4th grade and up.

Writing Workshops for Small Groups - In Person Only!

Life Stories: Writing Biography
Go beyond dates to bring historical people to life using techniques from social media.

Your Secret Story
Using the Orbis Pictus Honor The Secret Kingdom, we’ll make a memory tile and write a memory story.

For more information, see this information page, or contact Lisa Nadal at

Free Virtual Visits

“The children and faculty continue to talk about how much fun they had and how much they learned…” —3rd Grade Teacher

“We all liked the part when you let the people act out the story.” —Mark, 2nd grader

“I loved how you connected with them by sharing your childhood struggles with writing.” —P.M., School Librarian

“Fabulous presentation!” “Very entertaining!” —K-5 Enrichment teacher

“Your books are cool. Really cool.” —Katie, 1st grader

School Visits & Conference Appearance

Arbury Hills Elementary
Art Educ. Assoc. of IN
Authors for Earth Day
Barrington Schools
Batesville School District
Berwyn Library
Beth Yeshurun
Book Fair Angels
Butler School
Butterfield School
California Library Assoc.
Canterbury School
Cardinal Bernardin School
Carmel High School
Charlevoix Elementary
Christian Heritage Academy
Cook Memorial Library
Corinth Elementary
Diamond Lake Elem.
District 96
Downers Grove Fest
Dunes Literacy Festival
Eagle Pointe Elementary
Edgewood School
EIU Literacy Conference
Elm School
Elmhurst Public Library
Fairview Elementary
Fairview School
Falmouth Elementary
Farmingdale Elementary
Fox Ridge Elementary
Fremont Elementary
Frostburg Lit Festival
Geneva Public Library
Georgetown Central
Gower Elementary
Graham School
Greenbrier School
Half Day School
Hawthorn Elementary
Highlights Foundation
Hubbard Woods Elem.
Ideal School
Illinois Reading Council
Ill. School Library Assoc.
Illinois Young Authors
Internat’l Reading Assoc.
John Muir School
Johnsburg Elementary
Judson College
Lesley University
The Library of Congress
Mark DeLay School
MI Art Educ. Assoc.
Milwaukee Art Museum
National Book Festival
NCTE Conference
NIU Literacy Conference
Northeastern IL Univ.
NSS Beth El School
Oak Grove School
Orland Park Library
Patton Elementary
Peggy Notebaert Musuem
Prairie View School

Prairie Trails Library
Ranch View School
Reed School
Robert Frost Elementary
Rockland School
Roosevelt Symposium
Rutledge School
Seth Paine School
Shabonee School
South Sub. Reading 
Spooner Schools
Springfield School
Spring Lake Intermediate
Smithsonian Museum
St. Anne’s-Belfield
St. Benedict Prep
St. Stephen & St. Agnes 
Starved Rock Conference
Townline Elementary
Transfiguration School
Trinity University
University of Ill. Lit. Fest
Vernon Area Library
VA Festival of the Book
Valparaiso Lit Fest
Washington School
Wellwood Middle School
Windsor School
Woodland School
Woodshole Institute
World Read Aloud Day
Zampella Elementary